November 28th, 2016

[podcast] Free Yourself From Jealousy #048

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This week we are talking about the ugly sin of JEALOUSY and all the ways it threatens to hurt our relationships and rob us of peace and joy in our lives. Women especially are vulnerable to this sin because we notice all the details about ourselves and others. Some steps I recommend to overcome jealously:

1. Discover why you are vulnerable.
What’s going on with you? Are you tired, stressed, feeling unappreciated? Get to the source of your current weakness and you can better avoid the temptation toward jealousy.

2. Find out what lie you are believing.
Do you feel unworthy? Do you believe God does not love you? Do you think that God can “run out” of love and blessings? Get to the heart of what false things you are believing about God and yourself in order to fix your perspective on the blessings God gives other people.

3. Address it.
Once you recognize jealousy, it’s important to address it. This can happen in confession, which is a great way to get the graces you need to overcome temptation. But this can also happen in heart-to-heart talks with a trusted friend or your husband. Acknowledge the sin of jealousy and you will take away some of its power over you. Also, we can address jealousy in our own spiritual lives by working directly against it, by praying for those we are tempted to be jealous of. This is a difficult practice, but well worth it in the benefits you can gain from it.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with the lovely Kara Klein, member of the music group His Own. Kara shares so beautifully about her music and ministry, as well as her struggles as a young single woman in the church. You will love all that she shares!

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November 21st, 2016

[podcast] 7 Steps to Greater Happiness #047

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I take my inspiration this week from a fun episode of Gretchen Rubin’s podcast, Happier. In the podcast (and in her books), Gretchen looks at 7 essential parts of life where, if we focus on making improvements, we can find greater happiness in our life and work.

In her recent show, Gretchen Rubin went through the 7 essentials and shared what improvements she might make in each of these areas. In this episode, I do the same, in the hopes of inspiring you to examine where in your life you can make some small changes and improvements to find greater happiness.

Here are the 7!

1. Eat and drink more healthfully.
2. Exercise regularly.
3. Save, spend, and earn wisely.
4. Rest, relax, and enjoy.
5. Stop procrastinating, make consistent progress.
6. Simplify, clear, and organize.
7. Engage more deeply—with other people, with God, with yourself, with the world.

Let me know what you are inspired to work on!

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Lori Crock, owner and founder of MoveStrong Kettlebells. Lori shares her journey toward fit living and the ways in which sh works with women of all fitness levels to gain strength, improve their health, and achieve their goals.

You will love Loris’ down-to-earth, realistic approach to fitness and the ways in which she incorporates her Catholic faith in all that she does.

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November 21st, 2016

Some notes from Jacksonville

I had the honor of speaking at the To the End of Love marriage conference in Jacksonville this past weekend.

I have heard from a number of couples in attendance requesting an outline of my talk or some notes they could use from it, so I am publishing my notes here. They aren’t fancy, but I hope they will serve to jog your memory about all that we shared over the weekend.

I have shared the notes in a Google doc. You can see them at this link.

Thank you for welcoming me to Jacksonville and for sharing your hearts with me!

November 14th, 2016

[podcast] Don’t Let The Past Hold You Back #046

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This week we are discussing the ways in which wounds and mistakes from our past threaten to harm us in the present and future. How can we let go of our past and make forward progress in our work and relationships? In what ways do past failures give us negative expectations for the future? How can we overcome our past so we can enjoy the present and build the future we want? I discuss 3 different aspects of our life that our past can affect:

1) Personal Relationships
We all bring baggage to our personal relationships and past wounds can set us up for insecurity and distrust.

2) Work
Whether your work is that of a full time parent or homemaking or a professional career, we all have goals for our work. In what ways might your past be holding you back from setting and achieving important goals in your work?

3) Spiritual Life
Sometimes, because of past sins, we hold on to a sense of guilt and unworthiness, even if we know our sins have been forgiven. Of course we need the sacrament of confession, but we also can take steps toward recognizing the limitlessness of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Mary Ellen Barrett, amor, writer, and homeschooling consultant. She helps us laugh at our mistakes in parenting and set realistic goals for raising good Catholic kids. You will love laughing along with us!

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Upcoming:
The Choice Wine Live (marriage conference I will be speaking at in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19)

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November 7th, 2016

[podcast] Every Mom Is a Working Mom #045

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This week we are talking about working moms, and the balance of home life and professional life. This plays out in all different kinds of way sin different families, but I share some guiding principles for us to keep in mind when deciding these things and discussing the topic of working women.

First, I think it’s important to recognize that this is not a black and white, one size fits all topic. Every family is different, and we all need to prayerfully decide what works best for our families.

Second, Let us never say NEVER. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and while you may think you will always work, or will always stay home with your young children, you may wind up facing different circumstances and making different choices in the future. That is okay. That’s life.

Third, I encourage women to put their motherhood first. What that means will vary form one person to the next, but our vocation is to motherhood, and we need to give that primacy over all other things. We will be happiest and most satisfied, whether we work full time, part time, or not at all, if we recognize the worth of that calling.

And finally, we note that we are blessed to live in times such as these, where families can prioritize their children and their needs while paying the bills, in many creative and innovative ways. Figure out what is best for you family, and the go do it!

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Rebecca Frech from Catholic Conspiracy. Rebecca shares some of her trials and triumphs in motherhood, working life, fitness, and friendship. She also shares some inspiration and humor from the experience of her daughter’s illness and her winding up needing to use a wheelchair. You will love all that she has to share!

Rebecca’s book is Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschool Book for the Rest of Us

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October 31st, 2016

[podcast] Count Your Blessings #044

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How grateful are you? Science proves that being grateful and focusing on our blessings makes us happier, healthier, and more satisfied and fulfilled in our daily lives. But it can be hard to remember to be grateful especially when life gets challenging. This week we have some reminders:

1. Say it.

Speak your words of gratitude to your family members, friends, co-workers, and even people you run into every day. We inspire and encourage others when we say our blessings out loud.

2. Write it down.

You might try keeping a gratitude journal. Or consider writing a letter to thank someone who has made a difference in your life — a teacher or relative, or a priest. Or simply send a card or a text message, sharing your thankful thoughts with someone.

3. Remind yourself.

Add time for focusing on gratitude to your daily routine. You might add it to your evening prayers or a family mealtime. Or you could consider setting an alarm to interrupt your day and remind you to look for the good things in your life and work.

4. Look for the good.

Even inside of bad situations, or perhaps especially inside of challenging situations, train yourself to look for the good. make it a habit to turn your thoughts toward the positive, the good and encouraging things you are grateful for — especially in a moment where you are feeling frustrated or impatient. Hard to do, but the rewards are many — and the more you do it, the more of a habit it becomes.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Leticia Velasquez, author of A Special Mother Is Born. Leticia shares her challenges and triumphs as a mom of a child with special needs as well as a writer. You can follow Leticia on Twitter!

Thank you so much to everyone who supports the show through Patreon, through sharing links on social media, through iTunes reviews, and by sending me your feedback. I am so grateful for your presence here each week!

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October 24th, 2016

[podcast] Do One Thing at a Time #043

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Do you have trouble simply doing what you are doing? Do you suffer from endless to-do lists that run through your head, distracting you from what you are currently doing and causing you unending stress? I think we all do from time to time. In our recent show about being too busy, we discussed red flags that can be signs you need to slow down and remove some activities and responsibilities from your daily life.

In this show, we consider the simple (and yet challenging!) concept of simply doing ONE THING at a time. It is important to give ourselves permission to do this, and to remove unnecessary distractions that rob us of joy and harm our personal relationships. Take a listen and see if God might be asking you to do a little less multi-tasking in your life.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Alana Mitrovich, a wife, teacher, and hoping to be an adoptive mom. Find Alana online at The Catholic Home Economist and consider donating to her cause for adoption at Bring Home Baby Mitrovich.

Thank you so much to Monique for writing in and everyone who shared the link to last week’s episode online. You know I love hearing from you — keep those voicemails coming!

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October 17th, 2016

[podcast] Make Fitness Work for You #042

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Is regular physical fitness a challenge for you? I think many of us know we could be doing better, but we get discouraged by ideas of perfection sometimes, or we are not sure where to begin.

I want to encourage every woman to make fitness something that WORKS in her life, as a benefit to her own physical and mental health. Some things to keep in mind:

1) Pick something you enjoy
You won’t exercise regularly if you don’t enjoy SOME aspect of it. Not every moment needs to be bliss, but choose something you are naturally inclined to do and keep up on a regular basis. Also! Choose a time of day that you are most likely to stick to a work out habit as well.

2) Imagine the benefits
Think of all the ways — even the small and seemingly insignificant ways — that you will feel GREAT and look better and have more energy when you do take the time for fitness. Imagine all the details of all the benefits and you will be motivated to get started and/or continue.

3) Reward yourself in healthy ways
Break up big goals into smaller ones and find healthy ways to reward yourself for achieving them. Will treating yourself to a smoothie after your workout get you moving? Or allowing yourself time for a long bath and some downtime with someone you love? Or purchasing a new book when you are consistent in your workouts over the course of a couple of weeks? Whatever motivates you, make it simple, make it small, and then do it!

4) Stop worrying about not doing it “right”
Forget perfection! We sometimes throw away a perfectly good and healthy routine simply because we feel we are falling short of some unrealistic expectation or unrealistic goal we have set for ourselves. Nobody is perfect! Make the adjustments you need to your schedule and your workout and make it work for YOU!

5) Vary your routine
No matter how great your work out routine, we all get bored from time to time. Switch out boring ones, try new activities, or rediscover oldies but goodies. Variety is the spice of life! And the secret to to sticking with your fitness goals.

How about you? What works for you to make fitness a regular part of your life in the leg term? Let me know and I can share your wisdom in a future podcast.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with my friend Annemarie Rossi, blogger at Real Food Real Deals. Annemarie shares some ideas about eating well and feeding your family well on a budget, as well as her thoughts on personal triumphs and challenges over the years as wife, mom, friend, and professional.

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Thank you SO MUCH to Amy and Sarah for leaving feedback on Voxer this week. You know I love it — keep those voicemails coming!

More links for this episode:
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